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Texas sues BP over Gulf oil spill

The state is seeking restitution for lost tourism revenue and environmental damages

Texas has become the latest state to sue BP Plc over its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with a lawsuit accusing the oil company of “engag[ing] in willful and wanton misconduct.”

The suit contends that BP, along with its U.S. division, BP America; Transocean Ltd.; Halliburton Co. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., violated Texas environmental regulations and cost the Lone Star State significant tourism revenue following the spill.

The state is seeking up to $350 million in natural resources damages, along with pollution fines of as much as $25,000 for each day that oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, Bloomberg reports. It also wants restitution for lost revenues from park entrance and concession fees.

Four additional Gulf states have filed similar lawsuits against BP and other companies—Alabama and Louisiana in 2010 and Mississippi and Florida last month. The company also faced a recent wave of lawsuits filed just before a three-year statute of limitations on the U.S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990 expired.

For more InsideCounsel coverage of the Gulf oil spill and its aftermath, see:

BP faces more than 2,200 new spill lawsuits

Florida sues BP for oil spill damages

First phase of BP spill trial ends

BP settlement costs rise again

BP enters plea in Gulf oil spill criminal case

BP will pay $4.5 billion in Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement

BP, plaintiffs ask judge to approve $7.8 billion oil spill settlement

Feds to pursue gross negligence claims in BP oil spill case


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